Exclusive! Shocking New Windows Names Revealed!!!

Exclusive! Shocking New Windows Names Revealed!!!

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Ok, that might have been a slightly inflammatory and misleading title.

  • Windows 8 is now officially called... Windows 8. The full set of edition names are Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows RT (that's WOA), and Windows 8 Enterprise. Brandon Leblanc has the full breakout.
  • Windows Server "8" is now officially called... Windows Server 2012. You can read more about the strategy from Brad Anderson here. Editions to follow at a later time.

That server name also tells you two things: One, if you had bet against that name in the office pool, you are a born loser. Two, that we may make radical changes in OS capabilities, but when it comes to server branding, we are more conservative than a prom chaperon. Who is also a nun. And voted libertarian. In Switzerland.

Back to work, you!

 - Ned "Ned Pyle" Pyle

  • At least the number client versions has been reduced...no more Windows Home Basic Starter Premium Pro...Ultimate

  • Kudos on the name change. The previous 8's were already kind of difficult to explain to the customers!!! =]

  • Don't forget the Windows 7 N and K editions for Europe and South Korea, with no Media Player or Internet Explorer. Those were huge hits...


    Maybe we'll have a Z edition with no Notepad.exe. Wouldn't want to break the lucrative text editor business model.


  • Oh Snap!  I totally forgot about N and K.  If memory serves winsat wouldn't work correctly in N.

    Maybe you guys could release an X edition that would be inline with the iPad's security model...

  • So there isn't a Windows 8 Enterprise edition?  According to the chart, I do not see an upgrade path from a Windows 7 Ent install to Windows 8.

  • There is Squeezer99 - scroll aaaaaaallll the way to the bottom of the post, right before the comments:

    NOTE: As with previous versions of Windows, we will also have an edition of Windows 8 specifically for those enterprise customers with Software Assurance agreements. Windows 8 Enterprise includes all the features of Windows 8 Pro plus features for IT organization that enable PC management and deployment, advanced security, virtualization, new mobility scenarios, and much more.  

    The post was geared mainly at the consumer/small-medium business majority, so the enterprise got only a nugget

  • Well at least "Server 2012" helps with confusion moving forward for those that use the shorthand "2k3" or "2k8" when communicating server versions.  I've heard people concerned by confusion over "2k8" and "8".  Of course now they can worry about saying "2k12" or "2012"  For me, I think there are better things to fret about!  :D

  • I will refer to it as "Windows Server One Hundred Score and Twelve"

  • Could you say "Windows Server aught 12"?

  • Windows Server b'ak'tun?  :D


  • Only if you're an IT pro in the Vermont back country, LA.

    Windows Mayan Edition?

  • > Don't forget the Windows 7 N and K editions for Europe

    Well, first, it was not only Windows 7.

    Second, they both were for South Korea. Surprising, but Korea is not in Europe, folks.

    For Europe there was supposed (and even actually built) an “E” edition. But it was canceled in the last minute. Fortunately.

    Third, they all are not full-flavored “editions” anyway. I would rather call them “modifications” that applied to not one but a subset of retail editions.

    Fourth, there's absolutely no acknowledgement yet whether there will be similar “modifications” for Windows 8 editions where we'll need them.


  • You ever notice how Pronichkin never drops by to say hello? Only to yell. He's like my mother.